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India beat England in first T20I: List of India’s T20I hundreds

Only a handful of Indian batsmen have centuries to their name.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul of India bats. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

India won their first T20I against England in their den at Manchester on Tuesday, July 3, thrashing the hosts by 8 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. England put up 159 for 8 in 20 overs after Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. India then overhauled the score for the loss of just 2 wickets with 10 balls to spare.

However, although KL Rahul slammed an unbeaten 101 in 54 balls to power India to the win, it was chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s 5 for 24 which had derailed the England innings first. Yadav was chosen as the man of the match.

But Rahul just took it up from where he had left in the Indian Premier League this year. He hit 10 fours and five sixes to reach his second ton in the T20 format – the first being the 55-ball 110 not out he had hit against the West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida, United States, in 2016. He also became the second Indian batsmen after Rohit Sharma to hit two T20I hundreds.

Here, we take a look at all the T20I hundreds that Indian batsmen have hit since India made their debut in this format in 2006. India has won on three occasions when one of its batsmen hit a hundred in T20Is while on two occasions, they lost

1. Suresh Raina 101 off 60 balls against South Africa at Gros Islet; 9 fours; 5 sixes; strike rate 168.33; May 2010; INDIA WON

Suresh Raina Indian squad
India’s Suresh Raina. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

For India, T20 was still in the early days when the dashing Suresh Raina slammed their first-ever ton in this format on a big stage. South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss in this group game in World Twenty20 which was played in the Caribbeans and asked India to make the first use of the bat.

India had an ordinary start but then Raina took over and propelled the former world champions to 186 for 5 in 20 overs, with a worthy assistance from Yuvraj Singh. The Proteas gave a good fight but fell short of India’s total by 14 runs. Raina was chosen as the man of the match.

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